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. bill yes indeed. president obama in michigan, joining the fight against the right-to-work legislation. good morning everybody. it is tuesday december 11. you're watching the full-court press here on current tv and you're listening to it on your local talk radio station and on sirius x.m. this hour. welcome, welcome, welcome to the program. here we go as we tackle the issues of the day here on this tuesday, december 11. and, of course, give. >> chance to get involved in the conversation. not just to hear what's going on but to talk about what it means to you. you can follow us on twitter at bpshow and we'll read a lot of your comments on the air. you can follow us on facebook. facebook.com/billpressshow. you can give us a call at 1-866-55-press and you can join the chat room yourself and talk to other listeners and viewers to the program this morning across the nation. go to current.com. follow the click to the chat room and you are in. you're look good this morning. good to have you on board with te
. the republican war on labor unions goes on and on in the state of michigan, from wisconsin to ohio and now to michigan we've got to fight back and we will. plus all of the news of the day. but first, we get the latest. start off with today's current news update from lease a ferguson standing buy out in los angeles. hi, lease a. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. as bill mentioned, president obama is taking his fiscal cliff campaign back on the road again today. he is headed today redford, michigan where he will tour a diesel plant and speak to middle class workers. he will push his plan to raise encloses above 250 -- to raise taxes above $250,000 a year. president obama met with house speaker boehner for the first time in more than three weeks. the house is still refuseing to pass obama's tax plan much less agree to other policies. josh earnest is not giving any details into yesterday's. some republicans are coming around on improving higher tax rates for the wealthy. bob corker said on fox news sunday, obama does have the upper hand on taxes
? >>> and huge protests didn't stop michigan's governor from signing the right to work law. what's this tell us about the future of labor? >>> but we begin with the latest on the fiscal cliff. republicans made another counteroffer but it's reportedly not much different from their first offer. though we don't have specifics, we do know the president and john boehner talked on the phone last night and that call, according to a republican familiar with it, was tense and lasted just 15 minutes. i want to bring in real clear politics reporter aaron mcpike and david hawkings, editor of the cq roll call daily briefing. good morning. so president obama sat down with barbara walters last night. here's what he said. >> most important thing we can do is make sure the middle class taxes do not go up on january 1st and i'm pretty confident that republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high income individuals. >> so he's confident. is it almost a foregone conclusion, do you think, david, that this is going to be the first piece of the puzzle that falls into place?
in lancing, michigan as the city prepares for what could be the largest demonstration in history. the legislature has now rushed through right to work legislation, and governor rick snyder is expected to sign it today. police are on hand and limbed the number of people allowed in the common areas of the capitol. president obama said the right to work bill is not about economics and has everything to do with politics. taxpayers have now made a total of about $22.7 billion overall from the government's investment in the bank rescue. aig is now fully private again. and the british bank is going to pay the u.s. a $1.9 billion penalty for breaking u.s. sanction laws. they have transferred money through every day presents another exciting issue. from financial regulation, fraud on wall street. things everyday exploding around the world that leave no shortage for exciting conversations. at the end of the show, you know what has happened, why its happened and more importantly, what's going to happen tomorrow. then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] ...allstate safe dr
. smith, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 6620 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. smith: and mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, h.r. 6620, the former presidents protection act of 2012, amends federal law to uniformerly provide lifetime secret service protection to all of america's former presidents. i want to thank the gentleman from south carolina, mr. gowdy, and the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott, for sponsoring this commonsense bipartisan legislation. america has a responsibility to protect its presidents and its families and not simply while they serve in office. we also have a duty to ensure the ongoing safety of those who serve in america's highest elected office after t
at what is happening in michigan, thousands of union supporters turned out on the steps of the capitol to protest right to work measures. the measure passed. taking a look at the front page of "the detroit free press," "the law that is not over." "unions will not go down without a fight. recall efforts and legal challenges are possible." there you can see a union representative struggling with michigan state police yesterday over right to work legislation. here is the story -- host: "the washington post" has a map of right to work law states. "the wall street journal" take a look -- takes a look at which states are the most union heavy. the biggest ones are new york, alaska, hawaii, and washington. michigan comes right in behind washington. which is why "the wall street journal" goes with the headline that this is a blow in a particularly union dominated state. looking at some other news, this one out of the south, for "the new york times," "the gop control in north carolina, with a republican controlled legislature, long a politically moderate player will soon have its most conservati
to brownsville. everyone in this chamber will miss her. i know i speak for all of my colleagues when i michigan wish kay bailey -- when i wish kay billy hutchison the i have best in the next exciting chapter of her life. i join with my colleagues in saying to you, via condios. mr. hatch: mr. president, i want to join in thanking kay for her great service here in the united states snavment i've worked very closely with her on a wide variety of issues and i have to say there's no more fires advocate. in fact, i have to say that all of our women senators are fierce advocates and we've been greatly benefited by having them herement and kay has parved the way for -- has paved the way for autumn in of senators, both male and fe female, to become better senators. kay bailey hutch song is a great senator. she worked her guts out the whole time she was here -- and she's still here, but she's going to retire this time. and she represented texas well. and all i can say is that she's been my friend all this time, and when i needed help from her, she was always there. i tried to be there for her when she ne
: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. smith, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 6621 as amended, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, the lay lee-smith american invents america, or aia, was signed into law on december 16, 2011. it was the first major patent reform bill in over 60 years and most substantial reform of u.s. patent law since the 1836 patent act. the lay lee-smith a.i.a. re-establishes the united states patent system as a global standard. over the past year the patent office has worked diligently to implement the provisions of the act to ensure the bill realizes its full potential to promote innovation and create jobs. the
. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan. mr. levin: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. levin: i did not know i would follow the distinguished majority leader. i just want to say -- and i also want to talk about plan c -- br for he or anybody else to come on the floor and say the president hasn't proposed spending cuts, it isn't true and it undercuts the necessary level of trust to find common ground. that kind of a statement should not be made. i sat in the rules committee for three hours, participated for two last night. there was no reference to plan c, and it came up just a few minutes secretly before midnight. the purpose of plan c is to try to get votes for plan b within the republican conference. and what it does is to undermine the affordable care act by eliminating the protections and the joint task committee said it would result in a loss of health insurance coverage for 420,000 people. it would repeal the block grant, the social services block grant, services for millions of americans, and it wasn't m
? the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. ms. stabenow: thank you, mr. president. today i rise because middle-class families are counting on the house of representatives to do the right thing between now and the end of the year, which is just 19 days away for the house to pass the middle-class tax cuts that we sent them back in july. families need help. when we talk about fiscal cliff, the most important one is the -- what families are struggling with every day, and we only have 19 days until taxes on middle-class families go up by an average of $2,200 if the house of representatives doesn't act to make sure that 98% of the american public is protected from tax increases. as we know, we passed the middle-class tax cut act on july july 25. so far, the house has not acted. 19 days, they have 19 days until the end of this year in order to act. time is running out. country, a long-term plan for fiscal solvency and for our economy. and by the way, we'll never get out of debt with close to 12 million people out of work, so we better be focused on jobs and the economy as i am each and every d
that we get our economy in full gear. wand that i yield to mr. levin. >> the gentleman from michigan. >> i did not know i would follow the distinguished majority leader. i just want to say i mostly want to talk about plan c but for him or anybody else to come on the floor and say the president hasn't proposed spending cuts, it isn't true and it undercuts the necessary level of trust to find common ground. that kind of a statement should not be made. i said in the rules committee for three hours, participated for two last night. there was no reference to plan c. and it came up just a few minutes secretly before midnight. the purpose of plan c is to try to get votes for plan b twn republican conference. and what it does is to undermine the affordable care act by eliminating the protections and it would result in the loss of health insurance coverage for 420,000 people. it would repeal the block grant, is social services block grant, services for millions of americans and it wasn't machine years ago when chairman camp wrote ssg has been a key source of funding -- of flexible funding for criti
gathering at the state capital in lancing, michigan as the city prepares for what could be the largest demonstration in history. the legislature has now rushed through right to work legislation, and governor rick snyder is expected to sign it today. police are on hand and limbed the number of people allowed in the common areas of the capitol. president obama said the right to work bill is not about economics and has everything to do with politics. taxpayers have now made a total of about $22.7 billion overall from the government's investment in the bank rescue. aig is now fully private again. and the british bank is going to pay the u.s. a $1.9 billion penalty for breaking u.s. sanction laws. they have transferred money through the u.s. to drug car tails and nations like iron. the sweatshirt is nice and all but i could use a golden lasso. the chill of peppermint. the rich dark chocolate. york peppermint pattie get the sensation. >> she gets the comedians laughing... >> that's hilarious! >> ...and the thinkers thinking. >> okay, so there's wiggle-room in the ten command
what happens, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense, from td ameritrade. >>> michigan is on track right now to pass the employee rights act. >>> hi wolf and kate. here in michigan, this is the heart of organized labor in america. it's the birthplace of the united autoworkers, but the future of unions is in question at this hour. the fight over labor unions in michigan is vocal and physical. thousands of protestors stormed the capital trying to stop the right to work bills. the measures were introduced and passed in a single day, rushed through, democrats argue, calling it a subversion of the legislative process. >> it terrifies me they're trying to pass it through so quickly with no discussion, no understanding of what's important in it. >> the measured would make it illegal for unions and employers to mandate employees joining a union or pay any money to a union. >> i don't view it as anti-union. >> i was told it was anti-worker saying it gives workers less of a choice, what do you say to that? >> that is back ward, this is about being proworker. >> governor schnider'
there are new concerns that a serial killer could be loose in michigan. a discovery in a drainpipe outside detroit. this is the second time in four months they have found human remains. police have sent the remains to a lab in texas for testing. they want to find out if the remains match a body found four months ago. that belonged to an unidentified female. >> so happy to not be at the airport. one of the busiest travel times of the entire year whether you are heading home for christmas or setting off on a winter holiday get away folks are racing to get where they need to be. the weather isn't exactly helping us. it is really complicated travel plans for so many. storm-related delays and cancellations and leaving passengers stranded. so as we get closer to christmas, will things turn around? david lee miller live from laguardia in queens. how is it looking there? >> jaime, passengers will get a welcome christmas gift this year. very few delays and cancellations two days before christmas. look at the arrivals and the departure board here at the american airlines terminal. every flight liste
from 17th streets in new york avenue, on north capitol street from michigan avenue to heirwood road. canal road, foxhall to chain bridge road. >> people do not drive the speed limit anyway. i'm concerned about accidents. >> reporter: this isn't the first time speed limits have increased in the district. earlier this month interstate 295 saw the rise in the posted speed limit. the speed camera debate has been on a hot topic for a very long time in the district. you take a look at westbound new york avenue you will see the speed camera off in the distance. that's one of the highest grossing speed cameras in the district. last year $5.4 million. that may change next year as the speed limit on new york avenue has gone up five miles an hour. >>> more on the speed limit changes including more reaction from drivers who use these roads. coming up in a live report on "news4 at 5:00." >>> well, the easy bake oven will come soon in a boy-friendly color next fall. thanks to a new jersey teenager. 13-year-old mckenna pope launched a petition drive for hasbro toys to manufacture the ovens in colo
miles per hour. north capitol from michigan goes to 40 miles per hour. you can also go 40 now on canal road from the chain bridge to fox hall. vdot has studied the roads and determined the speed limit could go up without impacting safety. >>> breaking news now. angie goff is at the live desk. >> good morning, aaron. toyota is paying a big fine for failing to report a defect in a timely manner. we're hearing from government officials announcing toyota will pay $17.35 million in civil penalties. this is after they failed to report in a timely manner five days a floor pedal defect found earlier this year. this is the highest single civil penalty ever paid for violations regarding a transportation-related recall. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> 16 before the hour now. security will be tighter at schools in newtown, connecticut, as students return to class for the first time since friday's tragic shooting. all schools will be open except sandy hook elementary. it will remain closed indefinite l. police consider it a crime scene. this will be a tough day for the a tight-knit commun
twitter comments. atxn -- vatex and m ike says -- jim in michigan, the republican line, good morning. caller: some things i would like to see more of you hear a lot of people talking about voting for somebody who they believe is this gender or this race. let's put someone in place of character and experience and somebody who has done things. getting back to allowing the people to build the country when we were individuals. i think that is important. i think there is a lot more of this collectivism. we're never going to be able to have a president to help these different countries if we are hurting our own country here and we are not able to grow it. host: tie that into hillary clinton in 2016. caller: i think my concern about her in some regards is tha ti think i do not know how strong of a business persian she is. i think she is more of a liberal to moderate which is fine but i want to see somebody who is very much pro-u.s., pro-growth, and bring us back to growing us inside and promoting that as opposed to saying a more broader scope. i think that broader scope will come about when
article that spoke about the wrecking crew. when you wreck the whole state of michigan, and the jobs go down to the south. the south feels very happy about getting all the jobs, but michigan goes through maybe 25 or 30 years of dismantling. that's why we have all the programs trying to save people's skin and life and nourishment. the constitution says to promote the general welfare. host: i apologize. we have to keep moving. this in the new york times -- carl in west virginia, republican line. you are on the washington journal. good morning. caller: good morning. i watched your show every morning and sometimes i get a big laugh out of you guys. if you read every article with something negative about the republican party. you have straw men set up. first you blamed george bush for four more years. now you are blaming grover norquist. he is the bogeyman of the democrats now. in order for a republican to get back in power, we are going to have to infiltrate the news media and we are going to have to infiltrate the educational system, because our kids are absolutely being indoctrinated in o
times." host: nancy, our next caller. independent line, michigan. who is this on? society or government? caller: it is the role of everyone in the united states. i am getting rid of my guns. my husband was a police officer. i am getting rid of all of his guns. i do not have the need for them and i do not think that it worked out for -- worked out well for her either. host: that is your personal choice. do you think that the government should follow up on that? should society do what you're doing? caller: it is up to every individual. how has this affected all of us? i think we should all work together to try our best to prevent this from happening ever again. personally, my choice is to get rid of all of the handguns and all of the weapons that were my husband's. the guns are not needed. it is my role, it is your role, it is the role of the government. host: democratic line, manhattan. good morning. cecil, what do you think? caller: all of the people that were harassing teachers about the price of what they charge their states for the work that they do, who would want to be a teacher in
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states are implementing these conservative ideas. we see states like michigan join us. we do not force people to join unions and economies move and want to be a part of what is happening. when you get more parents choices of education, it tells all children, low-income children, we see it all over the country. we can prove it with research prepare. when states have the right for their own energy, the revenues that come into the government help build better roads, better schools, and keep taxes lower. that is an opportunity i hope we can have in south carolina. this could be more efficient and do much better than we can do under the federal area. the principles of freedom are working. we need to spot like them, a showcase them, communicate them so people see that these ideas work. at the same time, they're going to be able to look to washington and see that the ideas that emplace are dragging us down. when washington hits a wall, the friends of freedom in south carolina and all over the country are going to be ready not with political ideas of american ideas, ideas we now are working th
minutes to the gentleman from michigan, the distinguished ranking member of the committee on ways and means, mr. levin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for three minutes. without objection. mr. levin: this is an important moment, an important moment. these bills move the nation dangerously closer to the cliff, with only 11 days before our nation would go over it. they make finding common ground far more difficult with only 11 days left to find it. these bills are not a plan. they're a ploy. they are bills to nowhere. they undermine trust so essential for agreement. we've just heard it. the republicans claim that letting the tax rate go up from 35% to 39.6% on income over $1 million is not a tax hike because it would happen on its own. but then they say that if the tax cut would go up on income below $1 million by happening on its own, it would be the biggest tax increase in history. that is patently that is inconsistent. the far worse than hypocrisy is the way they deseen their tax provision. for those with incomes over one million, they provide
in anna navarro and elsie granderson from grand rapids, michigan. both are cnn contributeors. okay. it sounds kind of odd because the president hasn't done anything when it comes to gun control. so that's something we need to examine. it's all in our heads. what is that? gun sales soaring. is this an aun intended consequence of president obama's push for new ideas to reduce gun violence? go, anna. >> you see a spike in gun sales. people want to retain their rights. i don't think we blame the gun sales on obama. i don't think we blame it on the nra. i think we blame it on a human reaction. i think what we need to see -- >> but, anna -- >> is a comprehensive approach -- >> hang on. we don't blame it on that, but i think these gun people are being very candid when they say that. they wouldn't say it if it wasn't true. there was a gun show here in georgia this weekend. people were lined up around the corner to buy guns after 20 kids -- i mean, what is that? >> the -- it's the unfortunate repetition of the same pattern over and over again. a terrible shooting that traumatizes the nation
, the out pouring of the communities, the nation itself. we have people from florida, michigan have been calling in to donate hotel rooms for the firefighters coming in this weekend. >> if you personally didn't know, tomas and mike, for example, you knew of them and all the service they provided, so this is just a real tight community, and every everyone is trying to come up with things to help people get through this horrible tragedy. >> they are extremely touched. they didn't even imagine the out pouring of support that they have locally here in rof rochester and nationwide with their brother firefighters. >> they were shot as they responded to the scene of a fire. he shot four tpao*eu firefighters, two of them were killed. patti ann: the winter snow is blamed nor 15 deaths nationwide. blizzard conditions and up to 20 inches of snow in some spots causing programs for holiday travelers trying to make their way back home. airlines canceled more than 1500 flights over the last few days leaving thousands of passengers stranded in airports. a flight that landed in pittsburgh got stuck in sn
$773 million to expand six manufacturing plants in southeastern michigan. the investment will add more than 2,300 jobs in the state and it's part of ford's pledge in october to add 12,000 jobs and invest more than $6 billion in the u.s. by 2015. >>> sticking with our auto theme "consumer reports" is out with the list of best value cars. alison kosik at the new york stock exchange and ready to ride. good morning. >> good morning. >> which car came out on top this year? >> the top spot this year goes to, drum roll, please, drrrr -- there you go, the toyota prius. this is what "consumer reports" found. it divided the lils st of the b value cars by type of vehicle. the prius came out not just on top in the small hatchback category but also as the best value among all 2013 model year cars. to figure out these rankings, the magazine takes into account how much it costs to own one, how the car performs, how reliable it is and "consumer reports" estimates a prius costs 49 cents a mile to own and if you've got kids the camry hybrid, that topped the family sedan category. "consumer reports" says
to express the fact that last night i came in to do a special order on the situation happening in michigan where a surprise attack, a sneak attack by the right wingers resulted in the passage of legislation, which i won't refer to as right to work legislation, it's more appropriately named crush the union legislation. i came up last night to the floor to speak on that issue, and as i am prone to do, i use a lot of analogies. so last night i used an analogy that some find offensive, and i certainly was not meaning to be offensive or use a derogatory term. you know, everybody knows what the n word is. . the n word, mr. speaker, is used to describe a group of people and the n word used to be fashionable or it used to be socially acceptable to use the n word, but now we don't say the n word, we say -- we refer to that word as the n word. i had never heard of the m word, representative schakowsky, the m word. it's a word also that describes a group of people and it at one time has been commonly used as a desipive -- descripive term. it was at one time socially -- scripive term. it was at one ti
will be poised for another big financial crisis. host: john joins us from michigan. independent. caller: good morning. thank you for educating people on your television show. we live in a community where we are experiencing exactly what you're talking about, particularly businesses, and i am talking big businesses. they do not like where the doors are located, or this department over here, and what they are doing is restricting jobs and tax base. i would encourage people to get involved in your institute and fight this because it is not doing anything for the economy or our country. merry christmas to everybody. host: john, thank you for the call. what is the history of the cato institute, founded in 1977? guest: it was founded to promote liberty and economic freedom, starting in san francisco, and then move into washington, d.c. milton friedman admitted the kindle institute has never sold out. we still work for liberty and freedom. i've been working with the cato institute since 1995 and full time since 2007. host: mary, fort washington, maryland. democrat. caller: i would suggest thinking t
michigan. caller: my heart really bleeds for the former who owns a multimillion-dollar estate and is wary about his one cowboy that he employs. i think that is what is wrong with this system. it is greed. host: "the new york times" is reporting this morning possibly republicans considering extending tax cuts for middle class americans. "the new york times" is reporting this -- host: any fallback plan from republicans does not include a plan for the estate tax. guest: there is no easy solution to what is happening right now. the senate passed their tax bill over the summer. it was going to include an estate tax extension, as well. $3.5 million exemption. it was not put into the bill. the bill will do with a lot of things that are expiring but the estate tax will be left where was. that will be hanging out there. congress cannot let it hang out there for long. it shouldn't be at the level it was in 2001. it shows you how many things are hanging out there. even if fallback plan -- host: back to the capital gains tax on twitter. what does he mean by capital formation? guest: you want to encou
it's my pleasure to yield to the gentleman from michigan, mr. upton. mr. upton: i rise with so many to honor a really good friend, jay pearson. years ago, i came to capitol hill as a congressionalade. i had the pleasure of work -- congressional aide. my job was what's going on. make sure my boss, the president of the united states, in essence, knew what was going on. that meant i had to have a direct line right here. this was before c-span. you couldn't turn on the tv and watch what's going on. and by the way, mr. petri, there's 30 million people watching tonight as we honor jay pearson. but he had to know what was going on and jay was my contact. he was my link. he would let me know what was going on and i have to say that when i probably surprised a few people and became a member and actually had a voting card here, he still had my back. he really did. there's probably not a week, probably not a week that we've been in session but even when we've been out of session that i haven't called his office to find out what's going on and with -- and be able to share my colleagues and do t
spent 21 months recuperating from his wounds in an army hospital in michigan. there he met a lifetime friend, future majority leader bob dole, another young g.i. who had been also wounded in the european theater. senator dole told senator inouye he planned to go to law school and eventually serve in congress. dan inouye was elected to congress in 1959 as hawaii's first congressman. bob dole was elected to congress a year later. senator inouye always joked, i went with the dole plan and i beat him. three years later, dan inouye was elected to the senate and he's been a soft and powerful voice for the people of hawaii ever since. although senator inouye was an unabashed progressive democrat, he always put his country first and his party second. dan was a vibrant and vital presence in the senate and in death he'll remain a legend. his last words on earth, aloha. and it is with a heavy heart that i and we bid aloha, goodbye, i love you to a friend and legend of the senate, daniel ken inouye. >> good morning. on behalf of the united states house of representatives, i extend sincere condo l
unemployment benefits would expire. back to the phones. jim from michigan on our line for democrats. how are you? caller: i am great. how are you. host: where is your city? caller: it is near south bend, indiana near where notre dame is. i have a comment on your previous caller first. one of the impressions one could get with the way he talked to obama is like our spending started with obama -- out of control spending. that was in place with bush. obama inherited it. with our wars in iraq and afghanistan. i am believe that it seems like we have notes choice but to let the fiscal cliff happen because there is no way that we have no choice but to let the fiscal cliff -- there is no way but to let the fiscal cliff happen. guest: that is a popular notion, particularly among republicans. they are not liking the defense cuts. there is a growing sentiment among some of them that if you go over the cliff, you will get actual real $2 dollars in spending cuts. some of them are eager about that. it is not necessarily public thing right now. they are talking to each other and saying, is this the wor
it would be michigan. wisconsin will have to do. >>> fireworks lit up sydney harbor, beautiful, as people down under mark 2013. happy new year. city officials were expecting as many as 1.5 million people to crowd the waterfront and watch the skylight up. and christine's favorite story of the day. >>> breaking news. >> reality star kim kardashian and rapper kanye west, they're expecting. >> expecting what, a raise? free publicity? >> fiscal cliff. >> they confirmed baby news. i guess west announced it at a concert, and now kardashian has confirmed it. there you go. she's still married, by the way -- she's filed for divorce but still married. 72 days after they tied the knot, she filed for divorce from kris humphreys. >> scandalous. i'm very into this fiscal cliff thing. i haven't been following other popular news. but after today, i'm going to be so up on the kardashians. once we settle this fiscal cliff thing, which we're going to do. >> two words you don't hear together, sanjay gupta, and the kardashian update. >> we're keeping a close eye on washington and the fiscal cliff, which is why
from chase. >>> in michigan, republican governor rick snyder has signed a new abortion bill into law. the controversial measure requires any clinic that performs more than 120 abortions a year to become a licensed freestanding surge tall outpatient facility. also is looking to take steps to ensure that pregnant women are "not being coerced into a decision." supporters say the bill which takes effect march 31 protect the health of patients. critics argue it will force clinics to shut down and restrict access for women. >>> it's now very easy to get prescription drugs in this country. some blame so-called pillmills for that. georgia is home to many of these pain management clinics. the "wall street journal" reports the number has grown from fewer than ten just two years ago to 125 across the state today. earlier christi paul talked with georgia's attorney general about ways to shut down the pill mills. >> clearly this wasn't a problem two, three years ago when everything was occurring in florida. but as florida has in fact passed the necessary legislation, they then moved north. when g
can get on air force one and go to michigan and do a rally with union members talking about right to work, then i think the commander in chief can take the time to get involved and get this marine home. we live with a very simple maxim in the military. we leave no man behind. i think the president of the united states of america should not depart washington, d.c. if jon hammmar is not going home. >> gretchen: do you believe that jay carney, when he said he didn't know about it, that he didn't actually know about it, or that he wanted to rethink how he was going to answer the question and get back to the reporter? >> either up with is bad -- either one is bad. if you don't know about it, that's unconscionable. if you're trying to play games with the life this marine -- this is despicable, this picture of him chain to do a cot. this is a war veteran, someone giving to give the last full measure of devotion to this country in iraq and afghanistan. we have an administration that has seemingly turned its back on him. i think everyone should be calling the white house right now today an
's get a republican voice. our next caller is calling from west bloomfield, michigan, on the republican line. good morning. caller: i would like to get your thoughts on a balanced approach and have unbiased taxation by using a flat tax. that way you can calculate the amount of taxes we need for the deficit over 10 years. another point is to control the spending on entitlements by not giving millionaires social security benefits, thereby satisfying president obama's approach. instead of doing it through taxation, he can do it through the entitlements. guest: those are both ideas that have been raised, especially the social security and medicare benefits for the wealthy and potentially might not need them to live off of. one tricky part of that is wealthier americans have been paying these taxes for decades into social security and medicare if and a lot of folks have a problem with the idea of taking away their benefits they have paid for if just because they happen to be more well off. and issued the first caller raised and something to watch is this could really sort of set the tone for
: the senator from michigan. ms. stabenow: thank you, mr. president. i want to take just a moment to thank our distinguished colleague and my dear friend for his wonderful service. we serve on the one hand three committees together. it's been my honor to serve on the committee that senator conrad chairs, the budget committee, and to have him serve as a senior member of the agriculture committee, which i chair, and to have both of us sit on the finance committee together. today he has done what he has always done for us, which is to provide vision, common sense, intelligence, and a lot of numbers. and they add up, and they make sense, and so in listening to senator conrad's farewell speech, i want to thank him again for giving us a path forward. this is someone who will forever be in the senate history record as one of the great statesmen of our country, someone with intelligence, respect on both sides, compassion, a fighter from north dakota like i've never seen, and someone who serves in the best tradition of what it means to be an honorable public servant. and so he's been a role model for m
, which arsome are doin. i did want to yield initially to the gentleman from michigan. >> i thank my good friend. i commend you for holding this hearing today. in my entire career, i have fought to ensure the affordable quality health care decisions are in need. the upholding of the law brought to fruition a dream that was had by my father. these are two fundamental provisions. they will achieve our goal of providing affordable health care of high-quality to every american. though the exchange and small businesses will be able to easily shop for health plans that best suits their needs, and the medicaid expansion will provide millions of uninsured americans with access to our nations' --'s -- a nation's healthcare. it is critical we get it right. i hope this hearing will do so. >> the gentleman yield back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia for the purpose of an opening statement. >> i think you. but the distinguished member did not say is -- what the distinguished member did not say is the obama bill results in increased cost of health care and does not bring it down. i find
was killed off duty in michigan in october of 1994. >> i am here because my son was murdered may 10, 2007, in chicago, illinois, on a crowded bus. >> my sister was a freshman at virginia tech. she was only 18 years old. >> my father was a professor and taught civil engineering at virginia tech and he was killed on april 16, 2007. >> my name is john woods. my girlfriend was killed that virginia tech. -- at virginia tech. >> i was shot four times at virginia tech and survived. i'm here for the 32 that did not. >> i'm from chicago and my son was murdered on church grounds while coming outside of the church. i am pleading for our leaders to help us. >> i am here on behalf of my daughter who was murdered on march 30, 2010, on south capitol street. she was 16 years old and my only child, with an ak-47. >> i came here from phoenix, arizona. i lost my son seven years ago. thank you. >> i'm here to give a voice to my baby sister who was killed when she was 15 in salt lake city. >> my daughter was killed in salt lake city. i was also seriously injured in 2007. >> my name is peter reed. my daughter
avenue from the maryland line, now as high as 45 miles an hour. north capital street from michigan avenue to harewood road from 35 to 40 and you can also go 40 miles an hour on canal road to fox hall. going on 40 is a pipe dream for some drivers. traffic is a mess, danella? >> it is. eastbound colombia pike, closed because of the earlier water main break. shut down between south wakefield street to south thomas street, so you want to make a right on and then a left on george mason drive to work around it. 66, just jammed from the beltway -- jammed from the by past to the beltway. back to you, aaron. >>> good morning, in the 40s now with a chance ♪ >>> back now with more of "today" on this tuesday morning, the 18th of december, 2012. a pretty day here in new york city. a little gray and drizzly. you look at some of the nice folks who have come down one week before christmas to get a look at that beautiful rockefeller center christmas tree. seven days -- well, six, i guess. >> seven. >> to shop? >> i believe so. >> all right. well, let's not have a fight about it. that wouldn't be the chr
to a vote on adoption of the conference report. the senator from michigan. mr. levin: mr. president, on behalf of the senate armed services committee, i'm pleased to bring along with senator mccain the conference report on h.r. 4310, the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2013. this conference report which was signed by all 26 senate conferees, all the members of the senate armed services committee, contains many provisions that are of critical importance to our troops. this will be the 51st consecutive year in which a national defense authorization act will be enacted into law. i want to thank my dear friend, senator mccain, our ranking minority member for all that he did to bring us to this conclusion and for the years of great leadership on our committee. i've been lucky to have senator mccain as a partner. i know both of us are grateful to the chairman and the ranking member of the house armed services committee, buck mckeon and adam smith for their hard work for reconciling the many differences between the house and senate bill and for helping to produce a solid
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